Two days ago the last republican debate prior to the Iowa Caucuses was held in Des Moines. Currently Ted Cruz is running second to Donald Trump in the Iowa polling. It's well noted that Mr. Cruz is not well liked among his colleagues. Likability has, of course, has many components - and an often completely ignored yet profoundly important ingredient of likability is nonverbal communication.
Between 4:06 - 5:45 in the above video segment of this most recent Republican debate, Mr. Cruz answers a question regarding ethanol. Four times during his answer, Senator Cruz displays his hands configured in what is known as the "Pseudo-prayer". In body language lingo, the pseudo-prayer is an example of an Illustrator-MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) Hybrid. The pseudo-prayer does not build rapport, nor is it neutral - rather it's a significant rapport destroyer. It projects a patronizing and condescending emotional tone. Moreover the arrogance transmitted by this body language is further amplified when it's clustered with a chopping motion - a faux pas the Texas senator commits several times here.
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